Stobnicke enlisted at age 17 and flew over 90 missions during WWII before
returning home to practice medicine
SYRACUSE, NY – Senator
John W. Mannion (D-Geddes) today announced WWII Airman and longtime Central New
York physician Dr. Paul Stobnicke is his selection for the 2021 New York State
Senate Veteran of the Year Award and his inductee into the New York State
Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.
Senator Mannion said, "From saving the world as a WWII
combat pilot to saving lives as one of the finest family physicians in Central
New York, 'Dr. Paul' has lived an exemplary life of service to his country and
his community. He is a living ideal of the Greatest Generation and worthy of
our praise, respect, and thanks. As one of his many patients, I have known and
admired Dr. Stobnicke for decades. It is a privilege to present this award to
such a good, decent, and deserving person."
Senator Mannion surprised Dr. Paul by making the announcement at a
pre-scheduled ceremony and dinner where he was receiving the Veteran of the
Month award at his residence, the Fayetteville Towne Center RetirementCommunity.
Dr. Paul Stobnicke will officially join this year's class of
inductees during the 2021 Veterans Hall of Fame virtual program on Veterans
Day, Thursday, November 11. The ceremony will be streamed on the Senate's
About 2021 NYS Veteran of the Year Dr. Paul
Dr. Paul Stobnicke was
assigned to the Air Corps' 13th Air Force, 70th Fighter Squadron. He flew over
90 missions and was promoted to Captain prior to the conclusion of World War
Stobnicke was 17 when he
enlisted, and he was 21 when the war ended. He went on to become a family
doctor for decades in Syracuse, including as the family doctor for Senator John
Mannion and his family. Dr. Stobnicke also served as the Medical Director for
the Syracuse City School District during the Post-War years.
Stobnicke, known by most
as "Dr. Paul," was shaped by his experiences in the war, a time in which he met
his wife, Sybil. Her nickname, "Sweet Sybil," was painted on the nose of his
plane during WWII.
this surprise announcement, Dr. Paul Stobnicke will officially join this year's
class of inductees during the 2021 Veterans Hall of Fame virtual program on
Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. The ceremony will be streamed on the